On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that this year's thank-you cards from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge feature the same photo as last year's—a snap of the royal couple from 2016, when they did their India and Bhutan tour. In the photo, Prince William and Kate Middleton pose during their journey through the Himalayas to the Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan. The cards also feature the same messages as their 2017 counterparts (minus the year of the anniversary, of course): "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thank you for the thoughtful message you so kindly sent on the occasion of their 7th wedding anniversary," the cards read, according to the Daily Mail. "It was really thoughtful of you. Their royal highnesses send you their warmest thanks and very best wishes."
The only difference, as seen on Instagram account @lettersroyal, is a classy flourish. According to the Daily Mail, this year's cards have a stylish cream border that wasn't there last year.
While this approach certainly works for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it's not exactly royal protocol. In February, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, sent thank-you letters featuring a copy of their engagement photo and a handwritten note from the princess herself, with signatures from both of them at the end. "We are so grateful for your lovely message congratulating us on our engagement," she wrote in the note. "We are so happy and excited and look forward to 2018 being a very special year for us. Thank you for thinking of us." But to be fair to Kate and Will, they have had a busy year, what with a new baby and all.
At least we still have Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's thank-you notes to look forward to. After all, the Duchess of Sussex's calligraphy skills are reportedly so good that she used to teach people how to do it.